There is never a shortage of subject matter when one paints the sky. If it isn't painting worthy, just wait awhile and all that will change. Texas sunsets are often breath taking! So fortunate to live here.
Last week I had every intention of trying to paint a painting every day in November as many painters have been doing for several years..... 30 in 30 Painting Challenge. This was the first painting. This cat was so trying to scratch just that perfect place! Very fortunate to catch him in this perfect post.
Oh, the 30 in 30....isn't going to happen for me. I did paint 3 in 3 the first days of November! The third one is a gift to a special person and will not be revealed till the first of the year. Then, I did not paint again until this morning..... it will be revealed soon!
Couldn't watch the Stros last night, get just too nervous when I want a team to win so badly! So I spent the time painting.
This painting was on my heart. My heart breaks at the lack of respect being shown to our flag, country, servicemen/women by those who take their freedoms for granted. Freedoms that came from others willing to step up and serve this great nation.
The eagle is a resident of Long Lake in Wisconsin. We visited friends there several years ago. Juveniles and this adult eagle were in the treetops........so very majestic!
This duo was one of several mama/baby pairs that graced our backyard this summer. Always enjoy watching the fawns romp and play as they grow. We had fewer fawns this year than in years past and not sure of the reason. Hoping that next spring I will have more subject matter to choose from!
This painting and others are available at the Gallerie at Gruene.
Isn't that the sweetest face you have ever seen? Commissions are a double edged sword... so appreciative that someone would think I could create a lasting memory, but at the same time wondering if I can really pull it off! When I was approached by Cowboy's loving human to create a memory of the 'old boy', I was a little concerned until I saw the reference photo. It was awesome! Then my concern was, could I do it justice!
Cowboy was unveiled to his human today and he was very pleased. I was thrilled. I know the pain of losing a loved pet. My heart felt good that I had a part in a lasting memory that they can hang in their home.
Presenting the third painting of this favorite subject. As I have told before she was working in Citta Della Pieve during a festival. She had marionettes attached to her knees and feet that she made dance as she played her accordion.....wonderful memories of a fabulous trip.
She was entered in the Artoberfest art show at the New Braunfels Art League and tonight won second place in her catagory! This woman has been very very good to me.
Second, no wait, third painting of this perky little painted bunting, but it is the first one in watercolor. If we are lucky, a couple of pairs visit us each spring. This little guy was photographed on the ground, believe it or not. But that just did not lend itself to an interesting painting. Can you believe it, I took artistic license and changed the background. I just may get the hang of this painting thing one of these days!
This is a special commission of a milestone in this family, dad's 25th year as an Opa and son's first. You have to be from New Braunfels to fully understand the significance. Wurstfest is a big deal here. It is not just a week of celebrating all things sausage and beer, the association supports the community.
Being the second commission for this family, it was an honor to be asked to complete it. I had my doubts when the idea and photo reference were provided, but the clients, my friends, are pleased. And I am, too!
This was a fun painting, my first ever rooster! He lives at a feed store in town. When the decision was made that this would be the subject, his surroundings were my conundrum. Being a prisoner to the photo reference is a habit to lose. His surroundings of feed bags and cement just didn't suit his personality. So the feed bags and cement were left at the store.
Today was a first! Received a call while I was working in San Diego on Saturday. The gentleman had seen my paintings at the Bijou Theater in San Antonio during July. He and his wife were interested in 3 of my paintings. I returned home yesterday. Well, today, I had the pleasure of meeting both he and his wife and delivering these 3 paintings! Many thanks, Mr. and Mrs. G!
Love the title of this, couldn't be anything else! This is one of those paintings that seemed to flow, no fighting with the colors, values. Have to admit that is a rare occurrence for me.... I do tend to 'fuss' too much. Took some liberties and excluded a sheep.....just didn't think it contributed one bit to the overall painting. Again another rarity for me...omitting from the original photo. I may just get the hang of this composition/painting thing yet!
I have taken numerous photos lately of the many cardinals that live in our trees. Yesterday there were 4 on the feeder with several others in the trees waiting their turns. Those will be painted I am sure, but this guy caught my attention when perusing my photos. Maybe it is the fact that it is so stinking hot here and I was wishing for the cold weather that is depicted in the photo.
This beautiful cardinal was all puffed up trying to get warm. He was just gorgeous sitting in our oak tree.
This is way out of my comfort zone, but thought it was a fun and unusual subject. This painting was my entry to the Texas Show at the New Braunfels Art League show. It was a fun to try to recreate the reflections of this beautiful sky upon the surface of the car. I was rewarded with an Honorable Mention for my efforts.
My goodness, it has been a long time since I have posted here. No real excuse other than the most wonderful family vacation ever!!!! We were so blessed to be able to spend time in beautiful Maui. My sweet daughter-to-be and I explored one day and found this wonderful little cove, so beautiful and quiet. Tried to capture just a part of the beauty.
Last year I was asked to give a demo to the Texas Pastel Society, an honor to say the least. However, standing up in front of people attempting to paint is not my cup of tea. So I was able to hook them up with another artist to give the demo.......whew! BUT that did not deter them, so I gave in and subjected them to watching me cover a blank piece of pastel paper with pastel this past Saturday!
They were so gracious, kind, patient and any other adjective you can think of in that genre. I decided on skies as the subject matter and went out on a limb and decided that it would be a vertical presentation instead of the usual horizontal, or my favorite...square.
I almost completed this painting during the session. I did not complete the foreground because it is a made up area. If you have taken photos of a sunset/sunrise, you know that the foregrounds are usually very dark, unrealistically dark. So I usually have to think about them for awhile to decide what I can put there that will look good.
So a special thanks to the Texas Pastel Society for the invitation and the opportunity get me out of my comfort zone!
A little late with the announcement but so excited to announce that I have joined the wonderful artists at Gallerie at Gruene, 1633 Hunter Road #A, New Braunfels, Texas! This group of artists are extraordinary in their talent and variety of art created. There are 3 2D artists, a sculptor, a potter and 2 jewelry artisans!
The painting above is one of three paintings that have found a new home since joining this amazing group! I am thrilled and hope to see you there!
PS. For the person that purchased this painting, please contact me! I would love to send you a heartfelt thank you! So sorry, they did not get your address for me to do so!
This painting is so very special to me. It is of a dear friend and our last adventure before cancer stole her from us. She had called the day prior and suggested we take a road trip to Castroville to photograph the poppies. Sounded like an excellent plan to me!
We spent the day visiting, enjoying the beauty and, of course, a delicious lunch. We discussed any and everything, she was so excited to have all the wonderful reference photos. Think she had a painting completed the following day!
This is my first painting of that trip last April, just completed. I have been hesitant to try to capture the beauty/emotion of that day. Didn't think I could do it justice, but I am pleased with the results.
Such a good day, our youngest had a snowboarding accident Christmas eve, and received wonderful news today. This second CT scan showed that the damage is not as severe as the MRI had shown. Yippee, for him!! This means that the recovery will not be as long as originally thought. The Lord IS good, guess that should be with a capital G!
So to celebrate I thought I would post a painting that I have been working on a few days. This is my niece's cat. I just put my phone down to her level and began snapping photos. Curiosity got the best of her, and this up close and personal shot was the result!
These gorgeous hollyhocks lived in Estes Park, Colorado. They were in a small garden just outside of a storefront...so beautiful.
Hoping that this New Year finds you well, with anticipation of good things to come. I am looking forward to good health/healing for my family and productive days in the studio for me.....God's richest blessings for you!
So......if you are on my Christmas card list, your card will not be a surprise now! I was not going to send Christmas cards this year, just in one of those moods, you know! Well, after recuperating from 3 solid days of cooking and cleaning, and cooking and cleaning some more, the mood hit last night!
For the last 8 or 10 years I have painted my own cards. This practice was started by taking a workshop with Angie Banta Brown. In that first workshop, we created 8 cards in 6 hrs!. The paint was flying! With successive workshops she toned it down to 4 in 6 hrs! Love and miss that sweet lady!
So, due to the detail of this one, it took me several hours to complete, but I am pleased with the result. I was always told that Santa sees all, so, " you better be good for goodness sake!"
We had a beautiful sunset tonight, but I was not in an area where I could get a good reference photo, too many trees. So this is from several months ago, it was lovely as well.
Had the opportunity to participate in The Hill Country Invitational Art Show and Sale in Boerne this past weekend. It was a fabulous experience, beautiful venue, wonderful artists all in one place. It was a spur of the moment opportunity and I am so glad that I was included!
There is just no shortage of gorgeous skies to paint! I should really get up earlier to get more dawn photos for reference material.
Getting ready for the Garden Ridge Women's Club Holiday Marketplace to be held October 8th at the Garden Ridge Civic Center. Hope you can get by to see the wonderful items to purchase; drop by my booth to visit and maybe take home a painting!